The organisers of a pay-per-view seance have announced that John Lennon's message to the world is: "Peace."
After 25 years, the man who told us to "give peace a chance," who asked us to believe that "war is over if you want it," who got into bed and a bag for peace, the man for whom, it would appear, peace was quite a big deal... his message to us is, in essence, more of the same.
Well, it's believable, but it ain't exactly news, is it? I mean, if he'd said "Paul was the talented one all along," or maybe "Getting me knob out on the Two Virgins sleeve, that wasn't big and clever was it?" then maybe we might have taken some notice. Or even "'Imagine' is a very cheesy song, and I can't believe so many people like it." But no. "Peace." That's what you get for $10. Next they'll be contacting the hovering shade of John Paul II to clarify his religious affiliations.
And, just when you thought the envelope of taste had been pushed as far as it could go... a horror movie opening in Thailand on Thursday is about a fictional reality game show set in Phnom Penh's S-21 interrogation centre, where the Khmer Rouge murdered about 12,000 people. It stars contestants from Academy Fantasia, the local version of Pop Idol.
For an occidental comparison, imagine a remake of I Know What You Did Last Summer, set in Dachau. Starring Girls Aloud.